The governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer signed a sports betting bill into law in December of 2019. That was after a year of vigorous debate from both sides of the argument. Some casinos have been working on sports betting launches for well over a year. Many in Michigan can’t hide their excitement as the sports betting launch date nears closer. As soon as sports betting providers in the state have their officials licenses they can launch according to a gaming expert. According to the bill that was signed by Whitmer, there will be sports betting online, and in authorized tribal-owned and commercial casinos.

Battle Creek Michigan casino Firekeepers Hotel and casino is preparing for the transition of this new industry that is sweeping the nation. The president of Firekeepers Jim Wise, held an impromptu press conference on Tuesday to give an update. Wise said, “We have been working and planning for the legalization of sports betting for over 15 months.”

Jim Wise President Of Firekeepers Casino Said There Is Still A Lot Of Work To Do

Wise said while his operational team has been planning and working hard for the last 15 months, there is still much work that needs to be done. Wise explained plans for where the sports betting kiosk would be located in the Firekeepers Hotel. A pub that was previously located in the casino called, Dacey’s Taphouse. Now that pub has been transformed and will be renamed, ‘Darcy’s Sportsbook.

According to Wise, “we have updated and added all these new TVs, because this is where people can come and sit, enjoy their food, and place their bets on games and teams. Our hope is that people will come to place their bets but stay and enjoy the atmosphere.” Wise also revealed that if players just want to come down to the casino strictly to place a bet, that option will be available.

All The Sports Betting Equipment Is In Place & Will Be Revealed With The Official Launch

Wise added, that all of the specific equipment has been built and installed in the casino. Even the betting widows are in, however, they are away from public display. Wise says there will be a huge celebratory event when sports betting actually launches and then the equipment will be unveiled. There are also going to be self-service kiosks, where people can place their bets on their own, and it’s designed to be a very fast process. Wise says the last week, he has been asked repeatedly when is the launch date.

Will it be up and running in time for the Super Bowl and March Madness. Wise said the launch and roll-out will be in different stages due to how the law is written. The first thing that will launch is in house sports betting. The bill in Michigan allows for online betting, that would be launched in the second stage. Online betting will be done through sports betting app. Wise says taxes will be at 8.4% and should launch in plenty of time for March Madness.